It Takes All Types! I met with a very old friend today, one of the first people I ever drummed with back in the early 70’s and some one who has inspired and encouraged me in the past as well. We were on the beach talking to some kids from Sweeden and he was telling them about what he does. He is a street poet, he busks and starts impromptu percussions jams with people picking up his many small percussion instruments he hands out that they probably have never seen or heard before. He was explaining how they looked at him, at the instruments curious if he was trying to sell them or ? And he went on to explain how much fun they had, how excited they are. I …
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Open Mic Nights: The Good And The Bad or “Don’t Play for Free”! Open mic nights at clubs are a perfect way for beginning musicians of all kinds to get a chance to break their cherries so to speak, to see what it’s like to play in front of people and to play with others as well. They provide a great opportunity to gain experience in front of a supportive crowd that is usually made up of friends, friends of friends or people who do not care so much about musicality and appreciate people trying to do their best. I have played at many. Often it is out of convenience. As clubs are hiring live music acts less and less I would also like to point out that open mic …
A few nights ago I was invited to play congas and percussion at a nice sushi and jazz club in Legion, Bali where I am teaching drums, performing and visiting right now. The jazz club is very similar to Yoshi’s in the bay area of San Francisco and Oakland, California (in the USA). I had eaten dinner downstairs before during the day, but never been into the music section of the establishment.
Are you a percussionist, drummer or musician and are ready to go out there into the “real world” and make a go at it as a pro? If so I have some solid suggestions I have learned along the way I can share with you here. If you follow these tips you will be well on your way.
One thing I have noticed over the years and a very important life lesson for me has been that it is not usually the most talented or best player that get’s the great gigs, it is the person with the most outgoing personality, the person who networks and get’s out there. It’s an undeniable fact, and one that needs to be acknowledged if you are going to try and be in the music business.